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PRO GAA Scene July 13th 2016 2016-07-13 22:50:00

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship

Following last weekend’s four Round 3 games, the way is clear for the quarter finals of the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship. Paul Geaney continued his rich vein of goal scoring form when finding the net twice as Dingle disposed of the stubborn challenge of Milltown-Castlemaine in the opening game of a double bill at Austin Stack Park on Saturday last. The final score of 2-13 to 1-11 was probably a fair reflection of a youthful Dingle side’s superiority on the day. The second game was a free flowing affair and there were certainly no blanket defences on view as Austin Stacks outpointed opponents West Kerry by 0-21 to 1-13.

On Sunday, in another double bill, this time in Fitzgerald Stadium, the footballers of Rathmore and St Kierans provided spectators with plenty of entertainment with the club side emerging victorious by a single point, 1-18 to 0-20 after extra time. Some of the scores in this game were a joy to behold with Philip O’Connor of Cordal and St Kierans in particular giving an exhibition of point scoring from long range. His was as good a display as any I have seen in the famous stadium. Aidan O’Mahony and James Walsh also kicked some splendid scores from distance. The second game on the bill, the meeting of Kerins O’Rahillys and Killarney Legion, was being billed by many as the game of the weekend, however, it turned out to be a very one sided affair with Rahillys racing into a nine points lead after just twelve minutes. The Tralee side kept the pressure on going thirteen points clear by the 51st minute before relaxing and conceding 2-4 in the final eight minutes to eventually win by just a goal, 3-12 to 2-12.

So Dingle, Austin Stacks, Rathmore and Kerins O’Rahillys are through to Saturday’s Quarter final draw where they will be drawn against the quartet of Round 2A winners, Dr Crokes, Kenmare District, Mid Kerry and the reigning champions, South Kerry. Repeat pairings, such as South Kerry V Austin Stacks, will be avoided. The quarter final draw is live on Radio Kerry at 2:30pm. The quarter finals are pencilled in for the weekend of October 2nd but of course dates could vary depending on Kerry’s progress in the All Ireland series and fixtures could be as early as September 11th.

Kerry Seniors await their opponents in All Ireland Quarter finals

Kerry’s opponents in the All Ireland Quarter Finals have been whittled down to six possible teams. The Group A qualifier teams were reduced to four last weekend and Monday’s draw resulted in Sligo being paired with Clare and Cavan playing Derry. The two winners from those qualifiers will be paired against provincial finalists Tipperary and Roscommon/Galway on the weekend of July 24th. Kerry cannot meet Tipperary should the Premier county advance to the quarter finals as these sides have already met in the provincial final.

Kerry manager, Eamonn Fitzmaurice has confirmed that Colm Cooper has damaged shoulder ligaments and the Dr Crokes man will be in a race against time to be ready for the quarter finals.

Kerry Minors will know their opponents on Sunday next

Barring a draw, the Kerry Minor footballers will know their quarter final opponents after Sunday next when Donegal and Derry clash in the Ulster final at Clones. Both of these sides have been impressive en route to the final and regardless of the result of course will be involved in the quarter finals. Derry defeated Tyrone by 8 points and Armagh by 6 points scoring a total of 2-32 on their way to the final while opponents Donegal defeated Antrim by 4 points and then Monaghan by 6 scoring a total of 5-26. Kerry will play the Ulster final runners-up while defeated Munster finalists Cork will play the Ulster winners.

Junior All Ireland Semi Final opponents are now known

Kerry’s opponents in the All Ireland Junior semi final on July 23rd will be Lancashire. On Sunday last Lancashire defeated London in the British Junior final by a single point. The venue is the Old Bedians Sportsground in Manchester. The other semi final is between last year’s finalists, Mayo, and last years semi finalists, Wexford both of whom were defeated by Kerry on the way to the All Ireland title.

The Junior final will be played on August 6th.

Credit Union Senior Football League

It’s Round 8 of the Credit Union senior football league this coming weekend and with Round 9 pencilled in for the following weekend, we are already down to the business end of the competition with just four games remaining.

In Division 1

Dr Crokes are still out in front on 13 points followed by Dingle and Templenoe on 11 points. At the bottom, Kenmare and Legion picked up their first points of the League with victories in Round 7and above them John Mitchels are on 3 points with Kilcummin and Glenbeigh-Glencar on 4 each.

This weekend, Dr Crokes travel to Glenbeigh while there is a big local derby in Templenoe where the locals take on Kenmare. The meeting of Kilcummin and John Mitchels is another important game from a relegation point of view.

In Division 2,

St Marys top the table on 12 points with Waterville and Rathmore on 10 each but An Ghaeltacht, who have 2 games in hand, are lurking on 9 points.

At the bottom, St Michaels-Foilmore and Finuge are on 3 points each while Laune Rangers, Glenflesk and Listowel Emmets (who have two games in hand) are a point better off on 4. This weekend, leaders St Mary’s take on Spa who have faltered after a good start, while the meeting of Waterville and An Ghaeltacht is the big game at the top of the table. At the other end of the table, the meeting of Finuge and St Michaels-Foilmore is a four pointer at this stage of the season.

In Division 3,

Ballydonoghue, despite losing to St Pats in a back game last weekend, stay top of the table on 10 points followed a point behind by Currow and and Ardfert , both of whom have a game in hand. At the bottom, Tarbert are still pointless, Beale are on 3 points and Dromid are on 4 but both with two games in hand.

This week, the big game is the meeting of leaders Ballydonoghue and second placed Ardfert in Ardfert while bottom club Tarbert take on second placed Currow in Shannon Park with a win a must for the home side.

In Division 4,

Fossa and Na Gaeil are out on their own at the top on 14 points each. Firies, following victory over Moyvane in a back game last weekend, move into third place on 11 points. At the bottom, Valentia, with two games in hand, are on 2 points and also on 2 are Renard, who have a game in hand, and Moyvane.

This weekend, 3rd placed Firies host joint leaders Na Gaeil while the other joint leaders, Fossa, entertain Churchill. The three teams at the bottom of the table all play within a short distance of each other this weekend; Valentia and Renard are home to Ballymac and Scartaglen.

respectively while Moyvane make the long trip to Portmagee to take on Skellig Rangers.

In Division 5,

Castlegregory are on top on 12 points, with Cordal two points adrift in second place. Duagh, Sneem-Derrynane and Rathmore are all on 8 points, the latter two with a game in hand.

The big game this weekend is the top of the table clash of Castlegregory and Cordal in Castlegregory. Duagh travel to Ballyduff, Sneem-Derrynane are home to Knocknagoshel and Rathmore entertain Tuosist.

Premier Junior Championship

Glenbeigh-Glencar, perennial favourites for the Junior Championship, advanced to the semi finals of the Premier Junior Championship with a big win over Dromid Pearses last weekend. The semi final lineup sees Na Gaeil play Listowel Emmets and Ballydonoghue play Glenbeigh-Glencar.

The Novice Championship quarter finals did not take place last weekend.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship

The Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship got underway on Wednesday evening of last week with seven Round 1 games played with the following results:

West Kerry 0-9 St Kierans 1-5

Feale Rangers 3-9 Dr Crokes 3-11

Austin Stacks 3-15 Kenmare Dist 2-11

Mid Kerry 2-14 Firies 0-16 (AET)

South Kerry 0-5 St Brendans 0-14

Dingle 3-10 Kerins O’Rahillys 3-9 (AET)

East Kerry 7-21 Shannon Rgs 0-3

Three Round 2 (Losers Round) games were due to be played on Tuesday evening of this week as follows: Firies V Shannon Rangers, Kenmare District V South Kerry and St Kierans V Feale Rangers. Kerins O’Rahillys received a bye to Round 3.

The Draw for Round 3 has also been made and two games go ahead on this Thursday and Friday with West Kerry playing Kerins O’Rahillys in Gallarus on Thursday evening (7:30) and Austin Stacks playing Mid Kerry in Connolly Park on Friday (7pm). Dingle will also play the winners of the Firies V Shannon Rangers game on Friday evening. Extra time applies in all games.

The following teams have byes to the quarter finals: Kenmare District/South Kerry, Dr Crokes, St Kierans/Feale rangers, East Kerry and St Brendans

Acorn Life Under 21 Championship

Three of the four semi finalists are known following Round 2 of the Acorn Life Under 21 Championship. South Kerry, Dr Crokes and Dingle are safely through. The fourth semi finalist will be either St Kierans or Kenmare District who meet on this Thursday evening in Currow at 7pm. The semi final draw resulted in the following pairings:

Dingle V Dr Crokes (in Strand Rd on this Thursday evening July 14that7pm)

St Kierans or Kenmare District V South Kerry (Wed 27th July at a venue TBC)

Mick Finnucane RIP

The passing of Mick Finnucane from Ballydonoghue last week severs one of the last remaining links with the Kerry team who played Cavan in the famous Polo Grounds final of 1947. Mick, who came on as a substitute that famous day and subsequently played with Kerry until 1950 or so, won a county championship medal with Shannon Rangers in 1945 when the North Kerry side defeated a strong Killarney Legion side in the final. We extend our sympathy to the Finnucane family and also to the O’Sullivan family from Dromid on their recent sad loss. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anamacha.

Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor of the PR & Marketing Committee

After last weekend’s action, St. Brendan’s and Abbeydorney have qualified for the semi-finals of the 2016 Garvey’s Supervalu Kerry senior hurling championship. The Ardfert side had an easy 3 – 19 to 1 – 16 win over Causeway while Abbeydorney had an unexpected 0 – 20 to 0 – 16 extra time win over reigning champions Kilmoyley.

On the other hand both Crotta and Ballyheigue exited the competition, going down to Lixnaw and Ballyduff respectively.

Round 3, where Lixnaw meet Kilmoyley and Causeway play Ballyduff, is fixed for the weekend of 24th July.

Intermediate Championship

First round results: Dr. Crokes 2 - 15 Lady’s Walk 1 - 4; Kilmoyley 2 - 19 Kenmare 2 - 11; St. Brendan’s 2 – 20 Abbeydorney 2 - 3 and Causeway 3 - 21 Crotta 1 – 7.

The semi-final draw is St. Brendan’s v Causeway and Dr. Crokes v Kilmoyley. Games to be played on Tuesday next, 19th July.

Minor Hurling Leagues

Keane’s SuperValu Co. Minor Hurling league round 2 results: Abbeydorney/Kilmoyley 3 – 10 Lixnaw 2 – 14; Causeway 3 – 12 Tralee Parnell’s 1 – 2. Back game for this Thursday, 14th July, 7.30p.m., St. Brendan’s v Crotta at Dromakee.

Intercounty B Championships

Preparations are underway by the Kerry minor and under 21 hurlers for their forthcoming All-Ireland ‘B’ championship quarter final fixtures. The minors will play Kildare on Saturday, 30th July at Austin Stack Park while the under 21’s are at home to the All-Ireland ‘C’ competition winners on Saturday, 6th August.

Hurling Cúl Camps 2016

The 2016 Kellogg’s GAA Kerry hurling Cúl Camps continue on Monday next, 18th July with camps at both Ballyheigue & Kenmare. These Cúl Camps are always an excellent week of hurling where children get an opportunity to improve on the skills they have already while also learning new skills from top class coaches. Camps are open to both the experienced and the first time hurlers or camogie players. A loan of a hurley and helmet will be provided if necessary. Please visit www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/booking to book a child in online or alternatively a child can sign up on the first morning of the camp. Cost is €55 per child with reductions for additional members of families. Camps are open to primary school children between 6 and 13 years of age. Monday’s to Friday’s, 10.00a.m. – 2.30p.m. daily.

Forthcoming Kerry camps are at Ardfert & Fitzgerald Stadium (25 – 29 July), Abbeydorney (1 – 5 August), Crotta O’Neill’s - Dromakee (8 – 12 August) and Kilmoyley & Tralee Parnell’s - Caherslee (15 – 19 August).